Its scheduled premiere is a month from now. So if the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has made some viewers queasy about violence on TV, they've got a whole month to get over it. Sometimes memories are short-lived.
And though there’s been a call the past few days for a ‘‘national conversation’’ about violence, there were similar hopes voiced for a conversation about race after Trayvon Martin’s shooting last February. That conversation didn’t last long.
A positive sign: On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced a task force to craft concrete proposals concerning gun control, mental health issues and ‘‘a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence.’’ He said ideas are due by the end of January, which happens to be just a few days after ‘‘The Following’’ debuts.
But who can say what awaits in the aftermath of Sandy Hook? And who knows how ‘‘The Following’’ will be received by viewers?
To me, ‘‘The Following’’ looms as the wrong show at the wrong time, a red flag being waved at a sorrowful nation. But it isn’t just a matter of too much too soon. I think any time would be too soon for this kind of show.
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier